On Saturday 5 June 2021, MUSA hosted a second on-line panel discussion on Local Government. These discussions are aimed at mobilising communities to actively promote and shape participatory democracy at the local level that advances socio economic justice, development, upliftment and dignity for all.
The panel discussion culminated in a call for a more vigilant civil society that interrogates promises, plans and the use of resources. Local Government has to be ethical and capable to serve as a vehicle for promoting the public good and to meet the needs of citizens. A call was made to Local Government politicians and leaders to take their responsibilities seriously by halting the rampant corruption and mismanagement of municipalities that is having disastrous consequences in respect of service delivery failure, severely constrained economic development and rising inequality.
Leaders must hold themselves accountable to communities and not to narrow party political agendas. They have to lead with conscience and conviction appreciating the responsibility on their shoulders to support the long term sustainable development of communities.
Faith based communities and leaders must work together and have a critical role to play in promoting moral leadership and social cohesion in society, and to rebuild moral fabric of society.
Political leadership is a product of society. Faith based communities can actively promote the following: